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Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics

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Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics! The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics is one of the core Biomedical (preclinical) Departments of the Faculty of Health Science established in 2013 at the inception of the medical school. It is actively involved in the training of undergraduate and postgraduate students pursuing health related programs.

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To train highly competent health care professionals and researchers with sufficient knowledge and skills regarding drug use in patient care and the environment for better medical practice, environmental conservation and pharmaceutical industrial growth.

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Departmental Staff

Name Designation Contact


Prof. Paul Waako, PhD; MSc. Pharmacology; MBChB Professor +256772468458
Prof. Dan Kibuule, PhD; MSc. Pharmacology; B. Pharm Associate Professor +256794736197
Mr. Samuel Baker Obakiro, PhDc; MSc. Pharmacology; PGD; BSc Lecturer +256704946479
Dr. Peter Mukhama Kiondo, MSc. Pharmacology; BPharm Lecturer +256703011268
Mr. Tonny Lukwago, MSc. Pharmacology; BSc. Lecturer +256759883332
Mr. Kenedy Kiyimba, MSc. Pharmacology; BBLT Lecturer +256702807210
Dr. Timothy Wamukota, MSc. Clinical Pharmacy BPharm. Teaching Assistant +256781934119

Courses Taught

MED 2203: Basic Pharmacology and Introduction to therapeutics

MED 3101: Central Nervous system, Neuro and Musculoskelal disorders

MED3102: Gastro-intestinal, Digestive and Nutritional Disorders

MED3103: Cardiovascular and Respiratory disorders

MED 3201: Urinary and Reproductive disorders

MED 3202: Endocrine and Metabolic disorders

MED3203: Infectious diseases

MED3204: Chemotherapy of microbial infections and cancer

MED 4101: Therapeutics

Teaching and Learning Facilities

The department has a well-equipped laboratory with modern equipment for training of hands-on skills to students as well conducting research by post graduate students and staff members. We have a well-developed practical manual for undergraduate students that incorporates both online / e-practicals and hands on sessions. We also leverage the state of art equipment at our collaborating institutions to train our students in field and study tours. In addition to face to face sessions, we use the learning management system developed by the University to deliver online lectures to our students.

Research, Innovation and community outreaches

In addition to teaching, the department is involved in the following research, innovation and community outreach programs.

  1. PRESIDE project.
    Evaluation of the AntiSARS-COV-2 activity of selected medicinal plants and formulation of herbal products for management of COVID-19. This project is funded by the Presidential Scientific Initiative on Epidemics (PRESIDE)
  2. VLIR project.
    Tracking and mapping antimicrobial resistance in Eastern Uganda” This a VLIRUOS (Belgium government) funded project between Busitema University and University of Antwerp, Belgium.

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Our collaborators

  • Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI)
  • National Drug Authority (NDA)
  • Natural Chemotherapeutic research Institute (NCRI)
  • Makerere University Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Natural Products Industry Advancement Network Africa (NAPIANA)
  • Uganda Pharmacological Society (UPharS)
  • Directorate of Analytical Government Laboratories (DGAL)
  • Mbale Clinical Research Institute (MCRI)
  • Presidential Scientific Initiative on Epidemics (PRESIDE)

Contact of the Department

Mr. Samuel Baker Obakiro

Lecturer and Ag. Head of Department

Telephone: +256 704946479

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P.o Box 1460 Mbale, Uganda